Pupil Quality Assurance Committee – 27th January 2016

The Pupil Quality Assurance Committee had their regular meeting on 27th​January. We covered standard agenda items including safeguarding, pupil data as well as a review of ​school policies.​ New methods for assessing, monitoring and reporting pupils’ progress are a challenge for everyone, but we are getting there and overall the data support the progress we are seeing in the school.

Chris Jackson

Chair of PQA Committee

Business Committee – 26th January 2016

The Business Committee met on 26th January to discuss a number of issues with regards to the school premises, staffing, health & safety and school budgets.  We were looking towards the next financial year and reviewing contracts for service to ensure that we are getting the very best value for money. We were pleased to review quotations to refurbish the food technology room in the Infants so that it can be used by children across both schools and accommodate more children at any one time.  This work is being funded by the fantastic School Association – thank you to everyone who has help raise the money to enable this work to take place. The final phase of our wi-fi installation will also be taking place over the coming weeks, giving coverage over the whole site.

Ian Harris

Chair of Business Committee

Business Committee – 6th October 2015

The meeting on 6th October was the first meeting of the new term of theBusiness sub-committee of governors, and my first meeting as Chair. Governors reviewed and discussed the usual detailed review of budgets and other issues present by the School Business Manager. The annual planner was reviewed agreed for the coming year as well as policies on lettings and HR. Governors were pleased to note the good attendance and success of the YAS holiday club during the summer break.

Ian Harris

Chair of Business Committee

PQA Committee – 7th October 2015

The Pupil Quality Assurance sub-committee of governors had their regular meeting on Wednesday ​October 7th. ​Our meeting was particularly focussed and to the point, because the Great British Bake-Off Final was due to be shown later that evening and some of the governors were keen to watch it!! Despite this, we covered our usual agenda items – safeguarding, pupil data,​ and ​review​s​ of school policies – in depth.​ There are encouraging trends in attainment and progress which we hope will continue throughout 2015 and beyond.

Chris Jackson
Chair of PQA

PQA Committee – 22nd June 2015

The Pupil Quality Assurance Sub-Committee of the Governing Body met on June 22nd. Most of our discussion, in a long meeting, centred around the recent questionnaire sent out to all parents. We received over 400 written comments on the questionnaire, all which needed to be grouped, ranked and responded to. We have drafted a summary of the main points and the outcome of our discussion, which we hope to be able to share with you before the end of this school year.

Chris Jackson

Chair of PQA Committee

Pupil Premium – Governor Monitoring Visit – 9th June 2015

I met up with Miss Keeble on Tuesday June 9th to discuss our progress with Pupil Premium spending, and plans for the future. The Pupil Premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. The scheme has been running since 2011. We looked at the effectiveness of last year’s spending and the plans for the forthcoming year, as well as how well we are “closing the gap”.

Chris Jackson

Chair of PQA Committee

PQA Governors Meeting – 27th April 2015

The Pupil Quality Assurance Committee of governors had their regular meeting on Monday, ​April 27th. ​We covered our usual agenda items – safeguarding, attainment and progress data,​ and ​review​s​ of school policies.​ We spent some time discussing how well we challenge the school, particularly in the areas of safeguarding and pupil progress.

Wider Opportunities – 20th March 2015

I came to observe the wider curriculum opportunities in the Junior School and was invited to join the year 3 children in their weekly ukulele lesson. Provided by the Government Wider Opportunities Funding, it provides access for free instrumental taster sessions to develop musical skills generally as a whole class. Children behaved impeccably whilst singing and playing the chord sequences they had learned. They showed a developed knowledge of musical terms and enjoyed immensely composing their own sequences which they confidently shared with the class. This is a wonderful provision and such a fun way to engage our children in music making experiences.

Helen Tyler

Parent Governor

Staff meeting – 19th March 2015

I joined the Infant School staff for their weekly staff meeting today. They have been working on an ongoing, evidence-based research project which looks into the variables surrounding children’s writing; the positions they write in, when they write, whether exercise has an impact, what they write with, whether their targets improve their writing. This staff meeting was an opportunity to share with each other their findings so far. It was a fascinating meeting where enthusiastic and committed staff shared results, challenged each other and discussed positive impacts. This is all part of a bigger picture to create learning environments that suit all needs and abilities, to consistently raise the standards of writing within the Infant School.

Helen Tyler

Parent Governor